When Wayne Law imperiously pulled Pakistani paceman Wasim Akram for four off the front foot to complete a maiden Championship hundred against Lancashire at Colwyn Bay in 1998, many Glamorgan supporters hoped that the Club had unearthed the successor as an opening batsman to Hugh Morris who had retired the year before. Sadly, this was not to be the case and proved to be Wayne’s only first-class hundred during a county career which ended three years later.
The right-handed batsman and occasional off-spinner had played since his early teens for Swansea CC before winning a place in the England U15s, making his debut for Glamorgan 2nd XI in 1995, and then spending a year on the MCC groundstaff at Lord’s. Wayne duly joined the Glamorgan staff in 1997 and that summer made his first-class debut against Oxford University at The Parks, and hit his first ball for four.
Wayne also played in the last couple of Sunday League matches in 1997 having impressed coach Duncan Fletcher with his natural flair and following Hugh Morris’ retirement, Wayne had an extended run at the top of the order. In addition to his assertive strokeplay, Wayne played a series of quite diligent innings, in particular at Blackpool in 1999, when he defied the wiles of Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for over four hours. However, he subsequently lost form and left the county’s staff at the end of the 2000 season.
LAW, Wayne Lincoln
Born – Swansea, 4th September 1978.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 131 v Lancashire at Colwyn Bay, 1998; 2/29 v Cambridge University at Fenner’s, 1998.
In List A cricket – 24 v Leicestershire at Pontypridd, 1998.